The White House’s National Security Council spokesperson, John Kirby, has said that such statements are inappropriate in light of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine because they give the impression that the United States is taking sides.
A senior US source said on Wednesday that the United States is taking seriously what they called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “irresponsible” veiled threat to deploy nuclear weapons.
This kind of language from a nuclear power is reckless. After Putin declared he would use “all possible means” to safeguard Russian territory, John Kirby, a spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that this was not out of character for Putin’s rhetoric during the last seven months.
To the best of our ability, we are keeping an eye on their strategic stance. Ours can be changed if necessary. So far, we haven’t seen any evidence that it’s necessary.
When asked what the United States’ response would be if Russia used nuclear weapons, Kirby echoed comments made by Vice President Joe Biden. Analysts believe that this could mean Russia would detonate a demonstration blast over the Black Sea, use nuclear warheads on the battlefield to limit radiation, or use a larger weapon.
Serious repercussions will result. It’s not enough that he’ll be an outcast on the global stage, the international community will need to take serious action as a result.
The mobilisation of an estimated 300,000 Russian reservists was seen as a show of weakness by Kirby.
Kirby remarked, “It’s obviously an indication that he’s suffering.” Thousands upon thousands of his people have been killed. His low morale and lack of teamwork in battle are legendary. There is still no foolproof method of command and control. Manpower is obviously an issue because of the desertions and because he is sending injured soldiers back into battle.
U.S. policy will not change, according to Kirby, even if the regions of Ukraine under Russian occupation hold “fake” referendums on joining Russia.
There you will be on Ukrainian soil. Whatever phoney referendum they have, it won’t change anything,” Kirby declared. According to what the president has promised, “we will continue to support Ukraine with security assistance and other financial aid for as long as it takes.”